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Xatśūll Heritage Village

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Xatśūll Heritage Village

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Cariboo Hwy Soda Creek Way, McLeese Lake, British Columbia V0L 1P0 Canada
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Melissa H wrote a review Jun 2016
Vancouver, Canada11 contributions4 helpful votes
We originally were coming for a beading workshop, guided tour, and dinner, but the person who does the beading workshop is also the chef, and she had a family emergency. They let us know as soon as possible and we decided to just come out for the tour. I am very glad we did. Our tour guide was refreshingly honest about both the history of oppression and racism in Canada, the ongoing effects of colonialism, and about his hopes and fears about the future of his community. He also shared personal stories and was very interesting to talk with. Visiting the site without the guided tour wouldn't be nearly as interesting. Though the recreated pit house was beautiful, it wouldn't mean much without understanding that it is an inadequate recreation in several ways and why it had to be built the way it was for the heritage village. There isn't a lot of signage around the site; you really need to listen to someone talk about it. We hope to go back one day for the full experience: workshop, dinner, overnight in a pit house. In the meantime, we would recommend booking a tour and taking the opportunity to learn about this piece of history and about this living culture. Our fellow BC residents would find it particularly valuable; those who ignore the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.
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Date of experience: June 2016
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Response from XatsullVillage, Manager at Xatśūll Heritage Village
Responded Jun 13, 2016
Glad to hear you enjoyed your Guided Tour, Melissa. Hope to see you again soon and wishing you the best for the rest of your trip!
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Don Wright wrote a review Oct 2015
Vancouver, Canada1,310 contributions332 helpful votes
This village is a work on progress. I notice other reviewers unhappy with the lack of activities and facilities, but I think in a year or two they may reach critical mass as a good attraction. Our tour guide, an elder, told us his story of growing up in the area, being forced to live away from his family at an Indian residential school for many years, and the impact that terrible experience had on his life. Only much later in life did he return, finding work at the village. He showed us inside the pit house, around the grounds and down to the river where only one large stone with petroglyphs survived church instructions to the community many decades ago to get rid of all evidence of pre-Christian life and beliefs. Great view of the Fraser River, and the salmon dinner was very tasty. Worth stopping by but not yet a destination.
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Date of experience: August 2015
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Response from XatsullVillage, Manager at Xatśūll Heritage Village
Responded Nov 2, 2015
Thanks Don, for visiting our Heritage Village. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. Throughout the summer we have different events and our guests can also book a variety of activities such as different workshops, crafts as well as meals. For our drop-in visitors we always try to accommodate and most times can offer the guided tour without previous reservations. Thanks for taking the time to review and we hope to see you visit us again.
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Marcy W wrote a review Sep 2015
Sandpoint, Idaho98 contributions42 helpful votes
We arrived too late to take a tour (next time!) but enjoyed walking around and looking at the old and reproduction pit houses and other structures. The views of the river are gorgeous. The young people at the visitor's center were very knowledgeable and friendly.
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Date of experience: August 2015
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Response from XatsullVillage, Manager at Xatśūll Heritage Village
Responded Sep 21, 2015
Thanks for stopping by our site, Marcy. Glad you had a chance to enjoy the views of the Fraser River, we'll be glad to take you on a tour next time!
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Phil O wrote a review Jul 2015
Canterbury, United Kingdom7 contributions2 helpful votes
Before we left England for BC we made up our minds to visit the Xatsull heritage village as I have always been interested in the ways of the first nations people, the brochure states , daily guided tours include a short hike through the village site but the teepees had no covering on them, just the poles, there was no one in traditional dress, in fact the only person we saw was a guy wearing trainers, jogging bottoms and a t shirt
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Date of experience: June 2015
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Response from XatsullVillage, Manager at Xatśūll Heritage Village
Responded Jul 13, 2015
We are sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit to our Heritage Village. During the first part of June we were just in the process of opening the site for the season, we always take the teepees down for the winter. Traditional dresses are part of ceremonies and special events and are not generally worn every day. We would have been happy to offer you a guided tour which we can provide on very short notice. If you have any other questions, feel free to email us at heritagevillage@xatsull.com.
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Eric G wrote a review Dec 2014
Maple Ridge, Canada34 contributions5 helpful votes
This location is wonderful place see several key features which Soda Creek and McLeese Lake are all about. The location was a natural settlement location and it was settled... thousands of years before European arrival. This point on the Fraser River is one of the narrowest. A good arm can throw a rock to the other side. The River is a geographic and geologic boundary. The Cariboo is to the east and the Chilcotin lies west. Soda Creek and nearby Fort Alexandria were the first regional North West Company fur trade post sites...relocated several times. Soda Creek marked the end of viable river navigation for southbound Prince George paddle wheelers. The Fraser River from here, Soda Creek, to Yale represents the Grand Canyon of the Fraser River. Xatsull is also to be marveled for the hand built seasonal foot-bridge over the Fraser River. There are house pit villages nearby and the archaeological resource is to be appreciated by those with a trained eye.
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Date of experience: August 2014
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Response from XatsullVillage, Manager at Xatśūll Heritage Village
Responded Dec 8, 2014
Thanks for visiting, 502ericg. Glad to hear you enjoyed the pit house and the beautiful view of the Fraser River. Hope to see you again soon.
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